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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Feb 6, 2009 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

I believe the proper phrase in Scarlet>Into>Fire with the emphasis being on the into. This sole example might be the very spot that gave birth to the phrase, "As Phil Goes So Goes The Grateful Dead." it's between those notes that all other notes slip. This example of of scarlet is played on the bass part with unerring precision...use the previous and following examples in 77 to see if I have a case. This doesn't even mention the whole bands delivery of the jam out of Scarlet>segue into Fire. IMO that rarely did the band ever get through one song almost with perfection, but on a few nights in 77 they made it through a bunch. (Try on Broome County 11/06/77 for a relative sleeper with a killer setlist...)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 7, 2009 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77 Revisited (Sorry)

EBP - exactly. The B bridge in 5/8 is enormous - I haven't found any other version of S-F where "Into" is voiced like 5/8. I mean, it's not complex, just B and A, over and over. (Okay, all of Phil's work underneath, the tapestry that Bobby and Jer weave, that's stunning) And as you point out, is Phil 'underneath' or is he carrying everyone else?

When it comes to getting the most out of a simply constructed (harmonically) melody, David Gilmour is one of the few guitarists out there that comes to mind. Talk about chord voicing and phrasing.........

That would be a collaboration I would drop a lot of money to see.

I've listened to the bridge section countless times and I try to call the transition where it sounds more like fire than Scarlet and I can't do it. I have never come up with the same point yet.

Thanks for all the inputs.